Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United (LQ vs IU) preview is Prediction here. Islamabad United will be up against Lahore Qalandars in the fourth game of the second edition of this Pakistan Super League. As with the previous three matches, this game will also be played in Dubai. This game will kick start at 3.30 pm local time (11.30 am GMT or 5.30 pm Pakistan time).
Lahore Qalandars to win
England opener Jason Roy has been in good form for Lahore scoring two half-centuries in the five matches they have played but the rest of the batting unit has been unpredictable. Skipper McCullum’s poor form with the bat has hurt the team the most as the former New Zealand captain has not scored a run in their last three games, including two no-scores.
Lahore Qalandars Team: Brendon McCullum (captain), Azhar Ali, Aamer Yamin, Sohail Tanvir, Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal, Jason Roy, Yasir Shah, James Franklin, Mohammad Rizwan, Cameron Delport, Fakhar Zaman, Bilawal Bhatti, Ghulam Mudassar, Usman Qadir, Grant Elliot, Chris Green, Saif Badar, Mohammad Irfan (Jr.), Zafar Gohar
It was an excellent start for the defending champions, who managed to overcome the late start to their opening game of the PSL, and defeated the Peshawar Zalmi in a good chase. Rain played bit of a part in the match, but nothing can take away from the fact they chased down 173 in 18 overs with two balls and seven wickets to spare.
A lot of credit must go to the way United bowled and came back into the game when it looked at one stage that their opponents might even score 210. After having gotten rid of Mohammad Hafeez off the first ball, Islamabad United allowed Dawid Malan and Kamran Akmal to get away with a 122-run stand and that took just 11.2 overs coming. With another 63 deliveries remaining, a score of 210 looked gettable.
Instead, Mohammad Sami crunched the scoring and Shane Watson picked up four wickets to restrict them to 190 from their 20 overs. That might have been even lower had Watson’s last over not gone for plenty. In reply, the United were pegged back early as well, with Sharjeel Khan getting dismissed for 1 but after that it Dwayne Smith and Brad Haddin who took the game away.
Smith was surprisingly resilient while Haddin smashed a 39-ball 73 to guide the side to what turned out to be an easy win.
However, the United will be reeling from the big news that came overnight – two of their cricketers have been provisionally suspended from the PSL for allegations of spot-fixing. Sharjeel and Khalid Latif will play no further part in the tournament which means the United will need to bring in a different opener for this game.
Lahore will look to shrug off a stinging defeat in the first game, which they would have thought they could have won. Having pegged the Quetta Gladiators to 56 for five at one stage, Lahore allowed them to get away to 136 from their 20 overs but even that should have been chased down.
Instead, four batsmen got into 20s for the Qalandars, Jason Roy, Brendon McCullum, Grant Elliot and Sunil Narine, but none of them managed to convert it into a big score. At one stage they were 34 without loss in the third over but lost their last 10 wickets for 94 to lose the match.
Islamabad should be confident and relaxed as they have held their nerves in most of the games. Winning or losing comes second, but fighting till the end is the true spirit of cricket. They have shown it in last season and even in the PSL 2017.
We still think Lahore will start favourites given how tough it could get for the United to overcome the mental battle of having lost two players to such serious allegations.
Match 14 Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United Prediction
Lahore Qalandars favorites to win